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The Palais Galliera:  Musèe de la Mode, De La Ville de Paris

is a museum devoted to the exhibition and study of

French fashion and costume-  dating from the

eighteenth century to contemporary design.


(image from victorhugohotel.com):

Palais Galliera, Paris- museum of fashion/fashion history

The Palais Galliera

Paris, France

Located in the fashionable 16th arrondissement of Paris, France

the Palais Galliera only presents temporary exhibitions.

It is closed to the public during the interim period between exhibition dates.

These closures are due to conservation concerns

over the delicate garments on display.




The Palais Galliera is set to re-open in March, 2015

with a much anticipated retrospective show

on the work of couturière Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1867 – 1946).

Mme. Lanvin started her fashion house in 1890,

which in 2015 will celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Jeanne Lanvin, portrait

Mme. Jeanne-Marie Lanvin

Mme. Lanvin started her career in 1889 as a milliner.

A year later, she established The House of Lanvin

and oversaw its operation for over fifty years.

House of Lanvin holds the distinction as the oldest fashion house in the world.


(image from hprints):

jeanne lanvin hat, 1933


(r) a Jeanne Lanvin  hat creation (1933)

(image from shrimptoncouture.com)

photo of Mme. Lanvin and her daugher Marguerite, image inspired company logo

(l) photo of Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter, Marguerite

(r) House of Lanvin logo, which was inspired

by the photo of the designer and her daughter.


Marguerite would later take over the helm of the House of Lanvin.

Mme. Lanvin was a creative force and an astute business woman.

Her incredible drive speaks to the successful longevity of her career

and the permanence of the fashion empire she built.

Starting with women’s fashion, she quickly expanded into

design of clothing for men and children.

She also extended a creative hand into furniture design .


(image from hprints):

jeanne lanvin, girl's dress, 1917

Young lady’s day dress (1917)

jeanne lanvin, evening gown, 1928

Rose petal

ladies’ evening dress (1928)

Mme. Lanvin is recognised as one of the first designers

to show every season, presenting more than 200 looks

for each.  The extent of her prolificacy is astounding.

Mme. Lanvin drew inspiration from aspects of art

and elements of other cultures-

creating pieces with the precision of perfection expected of a master couturière.


Sketchbook images

by Jeanne Lanvin

(images from harpersbazaar, luxurydaily, national post):

jeanne lavin, sketch, black dress, large front bow

.jeanne Lanvin, luxurydaily.com sketch-125-Pinterest-Bluejeanne lanvin, nationalpost.com, sketch -sketch

Dress to Impress

House of Lanvin

(image from vam.ac.uk):

jeanne lanvin, 1936, silk, chiffon, leather evening gown


silk chiffon, kid leather, gilded,

cream coloured evening dress (1936)

jeanne lanvin, evening dress, silk, velvet, chiffon,purple, 1935

Purple passion

silk chiffon long sleeve evening dress

 wide collared velvet jacket (1935)


(image from imamuseum.org):

jeanne lanvin, Winter 22/23, sil, silver lame, purple, colour block full length dress

Colour block

 silver lamè, full-length purple dress (Winter, 1922/23)

(image from metmuseum.org):

jeanne lanvin, black, silk taffeta with metal plaques, bolero, kimono interpretive , 1934

Global perspective

 silk taffeta black dress 

bolero with red lining and metal applique

in a kimono inspired silhouette

jeanne lanvin, black, fox trim genghis khan element 1936

Warrior princess

black silk, full length skirt

gold lamè, fur trimmed ‘Genghis Khan’ jacket (1936)

jeanne lanvin, steel grey silk taffeta, embroidered with metallic, sequins, pink beads, Cyclone dress

The Cyclone Dress

two-tiered taffeta dress in steel grey

gold halter/bodice top

In celebration of her daughter’s Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday (1927),

Mme. Lanvin introduced her fragrance Arpège.

By diversifying her business/creative endeavors:

clothing/furniture design, perfumery-

Mme. Lanvin was certainly ahead of her time.

She was a woman of many talents.

(image from vogue.it):

jeanne lanvin, perfume bottle 1925

An original Arpegè perfume bottle

with the Lanvin mother/daughter logo

Until the 1990s, House of Lanvin was under family control.

Today, designer Alber Elbaz serves as creative director;

a position he has held for the past thirteen years.

(image from tatler.com):

alber elbaz, portrait, creative director, lanvin

M. Alber Elbaz

Creative Director,  Lanvin

M. Elbaz closely collaborated on the exhibition with Olivier Saillard,

who is Curator of the Lanvin retrospective and Director of the Palais Galliera.

The show will feature over one hundred pieces from the Lanvin archives.

For future details on this upcoming exhibition, visit: